Seattle Theatre Group Announces Diverse Lineup for 2016-17 Season

CONNECTION stands at the heart of everything Seattle Theatre Group does, and STG's 2016-2017 season features performances by renowned partners from across the globe, country, and region. With life-changing access to artists, mentors, and experiences on and off the stage, STG's upcoming season aims to continue to connect all members of the community through its performances and educational events.

STG's 2016-2017 Dance Series features five dynamic performances from renowned companies of national and international acclaim. First up is Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely in "The Blues Project," an innovative evening of rhythm, original live music, explosive energy, and raw emotion. In association with On the Boards, Company Wayne McGregor will perform "Atomos," a hauntingly beautiful work by cutting-edge contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor. And Batsheva Dance Company, one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world, comes to The Paramount to perform choreographer Ohad Naharin's "Last Work." Rounding out the dance series are return appearances by the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Travis Wall's Shaping Sound.

After two amazing productions-The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart last March and a 2013 run of Black Watch-STG has invited the National Theatre of Scotland back to Seattle to stage its must-see major production of Let the Right One In. Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany heads up a world-class creative team for a stage adaptation of the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which tells the story of a lonely, bullied teenage boy who befriends the new girl next door, leading to a series of sinister killings that shock the neighborhood. Known for their unconventional staging and expert theatrical acumen, the National Theatre of Scotland brings us this truly rare piece that is an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and a coming-of-age love story that cannot be missed.

Throughout the season, STG presents musicians from all over the world, featuring masters of various genres, as well as innovative up-and-comers. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform for one night only at The Paramount, led by musical director Wynton Marsalis. Tabla master Zakir Hussain joins forces with one of the serious, young exponents of Indian classical music, Niladri Kumar, for a concert at The Moore. Saxophonist Maceo Parker also brings his funk-infused music to The Moore with an opening set by The Jones Family Singers, and guitarist Bill Frisell offers up his latest project "When You Wish Upon a Star," drawing upon classic film and television music. Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars marry the past with the present to pay tribute to Cuba's popular music, while Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha returns to the Neptune to perform their original live soundtrack for the classic 1930 film "Earth." Other music highlights include four-time GRAMMY-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird teaming up with revered singer-songwriter Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy); Stephen Merrit and his band The Magnetic Fields in a fully-staged, two-night event titled 50 Song Memoir: Parts I & II; a concert from the electrifying trio Simply Three; and an evening with American hip-hop duo and classically trained string instrumentalists Black Violin.

Stars from the world of broadcasting also take the stage, including A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor, who offers an evening of insight and stories from his journey as one of America's greatest storytellers. Bassem Youssef, Egyptian satirist and former host of the popular TV show AlBernameg, comes to The Moore. Stars of the popular podcast Snap Judgment demonstrate their "storytelling, with a beat," and STG favorite Whose Live Anyway? returns.

The season continues the tradition of silent film presentation with the ever-popular Silent Movie Mondays, featuring the two series Love Stories and Comedy Classics, as well as a special Halloween screening of the 1922 classic "Nosferatu." Other returning STG favorites include the Seattle Rock Orchestra with a special Mother's Day concert featuring the music of The Beatles, and annual community programs such as DANCE This, More Music @ The Moore, Global Party, and Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz, among others.

As STG continues to advocate for patron access to official ticketing that is absent of unauthorized third-party markup, performances in the 2016-2017 season will be available via Ticketmaster. All season performances taking place after August 31 will now be available through Seattle Theatre Group's new ticketing vendor, as we join Ticketmaster to take on the challenge of assuring that STG patrons receive authentic tickets at intended prices.

STG's Mission: Making performances and arts education in the Pacific Northwest enriching, while keeping Seattle's historic Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres healthy and vibrant.

STG is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. Any contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Our business offices are located at 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Our official website is stgpresents.org.

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